1. Why do we call some Christmas songs "carols"?
a. "Silent Night" composer Franz Gruber's daughter was named Carol.
b. "Carol" is from Middle English, via Latin and Greek, meaning chorus and accompanist.
c. Soprano Carole …
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c. Soprano Carole Melba specialized in singing Christmas songs
2. The wise men brought gold, frankincense and _____________ to baby Jesus.
3. Where did the Christmas tree originate?
a. With the Vikings in Scandinavia
b. In the Swiss Alps
c. In the Pocono Mountains
4. What is the literal meaning of the word "Christmas"?
a. Christ's birth
b. Christ's mass
c. Celebration of Christ
5. What is the most popular Christmas song of all time?
a. White Christmas
b. O Holy Night
c. Silent Night
6. The 3 wise men, or magi, who visited the Christ child were:
a. Jonathan, Jasper and Salvatore
b. Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior
c. Unidentified visitors from the east
7. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be taxed because:
a. Caesar Augustus decreed everyone must return to his own city
b. King Herod's tax collectors were there
c. It was the nearest city to them
8. Twelfth Night, or Epiphany, is celebrated because:
a. It begins the 12 days of Christmas
b. It ends the 12 days during which Christians celebrate Jesus' birth
c. It reminds people to take down their Christmas trees
9. Which of the following is not a name for Santa Claus?
a. Kris Kringle
b. Swifty Flier
c. Father Christmas
10. Santa's eight reindeer in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas are:
a. Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Rudolph, Blitzen and Dasher
b. Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Rudolph, Dasher, Comet, Cupid and Donner
c. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen
BONUS QUESTION: What is a manger?
2. c -- Myrrh is a resin extracted from several small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora. It has been used for centuries as perfume and incense. Some say it has medicinal properties.
3. a - For centuries before the birth of Christ, the evergreen fir was a symbol of the Viking sun god and was also important to the Egyptians and the ancient Romans. The Germans are credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century.
4. b - The word is derived from Middle English Christemasse, which means Christ's mass.
5. c - Silent Night was first performed by Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber on Christmas Eve in 1818 in a small church in Arnsdoft, Austria, accompanied only by a guitar.
6. c - The Bible does not mention the names of the wise men.
7. a - Luke 2:1-4
8. b - Also called Epiphany, Twelfth Night marks the arrival of the wise men and the first presentation of Christ to the gentiles. Matthew 2: 1-12
9. b - Santa is known by many names in other countries -- e.g., Saint Nicholas, Pere Noel, Babbo Natale - just not Swifty Flier.
10. C - Rudolph has his own song, written in 1939 by Johnny Marks. Recorded by Gene Autry, it reached number one on the charts during Christmas week in 1949.
BONUS QUESTION ANSWER:
A manger is an open box or trough in which farm animals are fed.
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